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n addition to saving energy and reducing operating costs,
building green lends considerable esteem to a project and
just might give it a competitive edge in the market. And
LEED certification has become the default method of
establishing green cred.
But LEED is not the only way to get certified and recognized as
green. The National Green Building Standard (NGBS) is gaining
on LEED among builders of multi-family residential properties,
many of whom find it easier and more affordable to implement.
Administered by Home Innovation Research Labs (formerly the
NAHB Research Center), a wholly-owned, independent subsidiary
of the National Association of Home Builders, founded in 1964,
NGBS was developed exclusively for residential buildings.
Nearly 15,000 apartments in multi-family buildings across
the country have been certified under the program so far. And,
says Michelle Desiderio, director of Green Buildings Programs at
Home Innovation, “New York has been a really good state for us.”
New York has eight certified multifamily buildings with 1,332
apartments, with 33 projects with 666 apartment on the way.
“One of the things about the program residential developers
really like,” explains Desiderio, “is the fact that it is very f lexible. There are roughly 700 green practices and 1,300 points to
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ABO Developments - Fall 2013
A Message from ABO Executive Director Dan Margulies
Summer Cocktail Party
Building Renovation Issues
Index of Advertisers
ABO Developments - Fall 2013